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Family hubs are an admission of government failure on homelessness- Ó Broin

12 July, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that ‘family hubs are an admission of the Government’s failure to get a grip on the family homeless crisis.’ His comments come during the launch of a new report by Maynooth academics Dr Rory Hearne and Dr Mary Murphy entitled Investing in the Right to a Home: Housing, HAP and Hubs

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“The Government has not met its commitment to move families out of hotels and into permanent accommodation by July 1st. Their decision to move homeless families from hotels to HUBs is an admission that they have failed to get a grip on the family homeless crisis

 “Today I hosted the launch of a report by Maynooth academics Dr Rory Hearne and Dr Mary Murphy entitled Investing in the Right to a Home: Housing, HAP and Hubs.

“The report includes the direct experience of families who are now living in these hubs. Despite initial relief at having left hotel accommodation the families experience in the new hubs was not positive. "The report’s authors described it as ‘therapeutic incarceration’ and warned that what just like Direct Provision what starts out as a temporary intervention can very quickly become a long term problem.

“We have now moved to scenario where expectations have been substantially lowered and housing solutions are now about hubs not homes.

“This report is a timely intervention as it is published as the hubs are being rolled out and the immediate impact their use is having on family dynamics and the mental health of those living in these facilities can be assessed.

“There are a number of recommendations made in the report including the implementation of a regulation and inspection regime; limits on the length of time families stay in hubs;  and sunset clause on the use of these facilities to end by 2019.

“Sinn Féin fully supports these recommendations.

“I have written to the chair and the clerk of the Oireachtas Housing Committee proposing the report’s authors be invited to present their findings. "I also proposed that the Irish Human Rights Equality Commission, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive and the Department of Housing should also be in attendance to respond to the report’s findings and recommendations. .

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